A new twist on the Jane Austen/ChickLit discussion

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Alert Janeite Joan wrote to alert us to a new book deal from Publisher’s Weekly:

Newbery Honor winner for YA novel Princess Academy Shannon Hale’s AUSTENLAND, about a young New York woman named Jane who can never seem to find the right man — perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy as played by Colin Firth — who goes on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, to Amanda Katz at Bloomsbury, in a two-book deal, by Nadia Cornier at Firebrand Literary (NA).

We suppose it is better than Yet Another navel-gazing essay on whether Jane Austen wrote ChickLit, though we are not sure whether to be amused or appalled. This could be really fun, but let’s face it, there is SO much scope for sheer eye-sporking suckage here that it really is quite breathtaking.

We’ll cross our fingers and hope for fun, because despite the popular apprehension the Editrix really is a glass-half-full kind of gal, and besides we are fresh out of sporks.